I was a good little bunny today, and actually worked on some on my current stories. And then, I got bored of writing, and decided to make another cover. Forget Me Not, the final book of The Sevy Series. Voila!!!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
I love making book covers, and I love making covers for my own books. I make them for stories that I've started work on, mostly as a way to motivate myself. Because I am in total Sevy Series mode right now, I decided to make the cover for the fourth installment, even though after I finished writing Masquerade, I said I would concentrate on other projects.
Only time will tell which of my current WIPs I will work on first. But until then, please squee and speculate over Sevy Series Book Four: Devotion
Despite being an atheist for many a year now, sometimes, I almost almost believe that there is someone or something out there. Something that is creating the path of my life as easily and beautifully as a loom creates a tapestry. Give me a week or so, and I'll probably believe I'm cursed and that my higher power is actually tugging me along a spider's web.
But for now, I'm going to be happy. Today is the first official day of The Sevy Series re-launch, complete with the biggest blog tour I've done to date. On Thursday, I get to see the first concept art of Sevy for the graphic novel series. Later tonight, I should get to hear the first draft of Sevy's Song. And today, I mailed off review copies to a YouTube celeb who, if she likes the series, will spread the word to her over 21,000 subscribers.
I'm going to keep positive and believe that all these things will work in my favour, that I'll finally begin to see some fruits of my labour that are sweet and ripe.
These past few months have been such a time of learning. Learning to hope again. Learning to laugh again. It's a journey that will surely take the rest of my life to fully complete, and I daresay I'll have plenty of set backs. To be perfectly honest, I'm terrified to have this hope. It's such a fragile, wee thing, and it's been stomped upon one too many times for it to ever grow straight again. But it's stubborn. Its roots go deep and are spread wide. A beat-up, weathered piece of hope will surely blossom into something interesting and beautiful someday.
As Luther Burbank said, "A flower is just an educated weed," and right at this instant, I believe that with all my heart.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
1. Plot bunnies – blessing or curse?
Blessing. I’d rather have too many ideas than too few. I have a program called Anthemion Storylines (http://www.anthemion.co.uk/products.htm) that works like a bulletin board with cards. When I have a plot bunny I don’t have time for, I record it there, and add to it as the ideas come. Then, when I come back, I have a lot of the story already planned out.
2. Say you’re writing the best scene you’ve ever written. It’s poignant, it’s heart wrenching, it’s utterly perfect. Every sentence makes you sob with the beauty of it all. You are so close to finishing, but you need a moment to think of the next crucial line of dialogue. And then somebody comes into the room and peers over your shoulder. “Hey, whatcha working on?” they yell into your ear, words garbled by a mouthful of the special snack you were saving for yourself as a reward for finishing the most fantastic scene in the history of ever. How do you respond?
On a good day, I hold my temper in check and see what it is my kids or hubby need. My first priority in life is to be a wife and mom. Not that it’s always easy, mind you; in which case, I will sometimes do the passive-aggressive sigh. Sometimes, though I will be blunt and ask for five more minutes. Like right now, when the youngest is Skyping for me to go upstairs and grab my phone to text his friend’s mom about his friend coming over.
3. What was the special snack you were saving for yourself as a reward?
I don’t do that. Usually, I reward myself with Netflix or something else.
4. Please share the best backhanded compliment you’ve ever received about your writing.
When I was in college, I submitted a story to Marion Zimmer Bradley’s fantasy magazine. She wrote me back, “Stop showing me how well you can write and tell the *&*^ story!” I do my best now to keep that advice in mind (and keep the compliment that I do write well enough for her to scold).
5. This is the most important question you ever answer. Your life depends on it. Zombie pirate or zombie ninja?
To be: Zombie ninja. I don’t want anyone seeing me coming until it’s too late.
To fight: Zombie pirate, because I prefer living in the mountain states, anyway.
6. Name one (or more) pet peeves you have about other people’s writing. For example, I can’t stand when eyes are referred to as orbs.
People being too clever with characterization or stomping on a point of detail that really, their characters should just take for granted. This is even worse when later in the book, they disregard what they’d written earlier.
7. If you could meet your characters in real life, do you think you’d get along with them?
Depends on the character. Sister Grace, definitely. Vern, probably most of the time. I love to write Vern’s cynical, superior attitude, but I find it tiring when dealing with people who have that kind of attitude. (Of course, as a dragon, he’s more entitled to the attitude.) Sometimes, Vern and I are guests together on online chats, and it’s loads of fun.
8. What is one thing that you would like the non-writers in your life to understand about writing?
That it helps me if you buy my books and post reviews on Amazon. I’d like non-writers NOT in my life to understand that, too. Oh, and if you want to give me a “writerly” present, getting your local bookstore to stock a copy or two of my book (or ordering it through them for a friend to peak their interest) is a better gift than a fancy pen or some knick-knack that says “writer” on it. (Incidentally, my loved ones know I don’t care for knick-knacks.)
Last but not least, in three hundred words or less, please pimp your latest project.
Greater Treasures: Being a private detective in the border town of the Faerie and Mundane worlds isn’t easy, even for a dragon like Vern. Still, finding the wayward brother of a teary damsel in distress shouldn’t have gotten so dangerous. When his partner, Sister Grace, gets poisoned by a dart meant for him, Vern offers to find an artifact in exchange for a cure. However, this is no ordinary trinket—with a little magic power, it could control all of mankind. Can Vern find the artifact, and will he sacrifice the fate of two worlds for the life of his best friend?
Karina Fabian is an award-winning fantasy, science fiction, and horror author, whose books make people laugh, cry, and think. Check out her latest at http://fabianspace.com and follow along with her GREATER TREASURES blog tour!!
Find Karina at:
Website: http://fabianspace.com, http://dragoneyepi.net
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GIVEAWAY! Win a free e-copy of Greater Treasures. Enter by leaving a comment or question for Karina, Vern or Sister Grace. Contest closes May 14 at 9am EST.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Check out what came in the mail today! My proofs for the Sevy Series! Are they not gorgeous? I am in love!!!!!
So excited for the re-launch! And for the graphic novel, and for the theme song! Maybe this will be the summer of Sevy. :)